The Ambassador Designate of The Czech Republic in Beirut Mr. Jiri Dolezel, accompanied by the Deputy Head of Mission Ms. Dagmar Minarikova and the Economic and Trade Counselor, Ms. Lydia Skolilova and the General Manager of Kettaneh Company Mr. Pierre Ayoub, visited today the Rafik Hariri University Hospital (RHUH) and handed over the General Manager, Dr. Firas Abiad, and the Medical Chief Dr. Rabih Chahine, a donation composed of 6 special birthing beds and 6 baby cribs for newborn babies, with 3 electrocoagulation machines to the obstetrical department of the RHUH.
The overall value of the Czech Republic gift to the RHUH is 150.000 USD, and it is delivered to the hospital as a part of the new humanitarian program from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs humanitarian budget- “A Humanitarian reaction to Covid -19 pandemic” approved in April 2020.
Czech Republic Embassy in Beirut recognized RHUH as the best candidate for a project under this program, as RHUH is the central governmental public hospital in Beirut and serving mainly the underprivileged population (Lebanese and Syrian refugees), also during the pandemic, when it has also become the main testing center, as a central hospital for the management and treatment of Covid 19 patients.
The RHUH delivery suite was composed of 12 beds and had the capacity and necessity to incorporate 6 more beds. Acquisition of the 6 new special delivery beds will help to improve the quality and to facilitate the care of woman in labor at all stages of birth including the possibility to choose of birthing position. Thanks to the new birthing/delivery beds, the hospital will be able to manage the already high and still increasing demand on delivery suite services at RHUH, by the vulnerable patients from both Lebanese and Syrian communities.
Previous cooperation between Czech Embassy and RHUH:
The current project/ donation builds on the previous successful cooperation between the Czech Republic Embassy in Beirut and the RHUH. In 2017, under the MEDEVAC program, the Czech Republic financed the purchase of an ophthalmic device (value of 100.000, – USD) for the RHUH hospital. In 2019 a team of Czech ophthalmologists performed eye surgeries on 83 RHUH patients with cataract. Another mission of Czech ophthalmologists was planned for 2020 but was postponed because of the COVID – 19 pandemic.
After the blast in the port of Beirut in August 2020 the Czech Republic sent immediately a humanitarian aid to Lebanon. The medical equipment that was part of this aid was donated to Rafik Hariri University Hospital.
Source: National News Agency